DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD MINUTES
JULY 15 , 2019
Members Present: Chair Brent Rakowski, Vice-Chair Don Peabody, Steve Rapoport, Tim Cook
Members Absent: Teresa Hyndman, Jason Farrell, Jason Mullin
Guests: Aliceanne LaValley, Dutch LaValley, William Houston, Connie Houston, Jill Strube, William Benton, Kim Trombley, Gabe McGuigan, Carrie Macfarlane, Colin Davis
Present: Zoning Administrator Peter Garon
Chair Brent Rakowski called the regular meeting to order at 7 p.m.
- The agenda was amended to take into account changes in scheduled public hearings.
- The public hearing to consider the request by D&T Clark, Trustees, owners, and Daniel and Rebecca Hassan (Grand Senior Living), applicants, to demolish the existing structure at 40 North Street was postponed to August 19, 2019 at the request of the applicant.
- Bill Benton presented his application for a change of use for a portion of his property at 300 Main Street. His current tenant has left and he is talking with other possible tenants. He is not precisely sure what the changes would be but they might include office space, a medical facility, or a residence. Regardless, there would be no exterior changes to the building. None of the proposed uses would require more parking. On motion of Tim Cook, seconded by Don Peabody, and approved by all, his application was moved to public hearing on August 19. The public hearing notice should mention all possible uses.
- Aliceanne Lavallee presented an application on behalf of Donna Blais. Ms. Lavallee explained that she has tried to find an affordable replacement for Ms. Blais’ current home that would meet the regulations, but has been unsuccessful. A stick build structure would be too expensive. Trailer type structures do not come as two-story buildings. Therefore Ms. Blais is asking to replace her home with one of similar size.
The Board indicated that the applicant should consider mass, rhythm, and scale of structures nearby on the street when going forward.
Upon motion by Tim Cook, seconded by Chair Brent Rakowski, and approved by all, the application was moved to public hearing on August 19.
- The public hearing to consider the request by Shenandoah, LLC for Local Act 250 review for an adaptive reuse project at 1 & 2 Canal Street (Haviland Shade Roller Mill and Annex) was postponed to August 19, 2019 at the request of the applicant.
- Chair Brent Rakowski read the notice to consider the request by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes, for site plan review to change the use of a portion of the structure at 20 Armory Lane from an office to a community center. The hearing was recorded .(D 9/9)
Jill Strube noted that the medical business is leaving and the Club would like to utilize that space as a community center. The change would not impact the number of parking spaces needed. There will be no exterior changes.
Upon motion by Steve Rapoport, seconded by Don Peabody, and approved by all, the Board directed the Zoning Administrator to draft an affirmative decision for the Chair’s signature.
- Gabe McGuigan discussed the situation at 29 Short Street. The building is currently being used as a multi-family residence with three residences. According to letters from prior Zoning Administrators, it appears that it was permitted for a two-family residence in 2002. Notice was taken at that time that it was out of compliance. Current issues are related to lot size. The Board asked the Zoning Administrator to research history of the property, current taxation status, sewer charges, and to consult with the former Zoning Administrator as appropriate .
Upon motion of Don Peabody, seconded by Tim Cook, and approved by all, the application was moved to public hearing on August 19. The hearing is to be warned under Section 1401 as a retroactive request for a pre-existing multi-family residence with 3 units.
- Chair Brent Rakowski read the notice for public hearing to consider the request by 103 Panton Road LLC and 105 Panton Road LLC (William and Constance Houston) for subdivision review to join 103 Panton Road and 105 Panton Road into one lot, conditional use review for construction of a 100 feet by 200 feet building on the new lot, and Local Act 250 review. The hearing was recorded (D, 10/10).
William Houston presented his proposal. The first part was the request to join the two lots into one. This is necessary in order to be able to connect the proposed building to an existing structure. The Board saw no significant issues with that request.
The new building will basically be used as warehouse space for the tenant on 103 Panton Road. There will be no signage. Lighting will be similar to that on lot 103. As indicated by the applicant, lighting would be down cast and dark sky compliant. Two pole mounted fixtures would illuminate the parking lot and would be on 20 foot poles. Trees on the lot will be left in place with an additional 6 more added similar to what is already there
Upon motion by Don Peabody, seconded by Steve Rapoport, and approved by all, the Board directed the Zoning Administrator to draft an affirmative decision for the Chair’s signature.
- Kim Trombley presented her plan for an enclosed shed to house a crushing machine for use with her redemption business. It will be about 100 square feet and around 12 feet high, located in the back area of the current lot. The board requested that she work with ZA Garon to prepare a site plan that can be provided at the hearing to show the exact location for the structure. She does not propose any lighting in the building. She will provide information on noise levels for the machine. Use will be during daylight hours for roughly three hours monthly.
On motion by Steve Rapoport, seconded by Chair Brent Rakowski, and approved by all, the application was moved to public hearing on
August 19 to be reviewed under Article VII.
- Colin Davis of Shacksbury Cider presented his proposal to add a restaurant on the second floor and move some production there as well. The restaurant will have between 30 and 40 seats, and will also have a shuffleboard area. There will be no changes to the exterior. Hours of operation would be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Board asked the Zoning Administrator to review prior applications for Kennedy Brothers with regard to parking.
Upon motion by Tim Cook, seconded by Don Peabody, and approved by all, the application was moved to public hearing on August 19.
- In other business Tim Cook and Carrie Macfarlane (Planning Commission) advised the Board about a workshop which they had attended about how to improve/increase housing in Addison County. The basic message was to encourage Zoning and Planning to be more flexible in parking requirements. They mentioned as factors, infill, parking, the high cost of building, and frontage on waterways.
- The minutes of the June 17, 2019 regular meeting were reviewed. Don Peabody proposed an addition related to the Board’s discussion of demolished structures in the historic neighborhood district and the criterion on which new/replacement structures have been reviewed and approved. Upon motion of Tim Cook, seconded by Steve Rapoport, the minutes were unanimously approved.
- The Zoning Administrator discussed sign issues at 61 Main Street, Interpretation of water frontage as it relates to subdivision and construction at 64 Main Street.
- The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 pm.
Peter Garon, Acting Recording Secretary